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In Reply to: RE: Are Audiophiles here disappointed with multichannel? posted by Felixer on April 10, 2017 at 10:41:16
Audiophiles probably have never really heard good multichannel because it is so hard to achieve in a domestic environment. It took me years to get it right. Also the vast majority of MCH releases are classical music and the audience for this is comparatively small anyway. I suspect we are a minority of a minority.
Reminds me a little of 40+ years ago with quadraphonic.
I was certainly happy but then that was a long time ago and and it's improved considerably.
Quadraphonic sound was based on creating a totally immersive experience which was, also, totally unlike any real performance experience.
OTOH, modern multichannel is intended to recreate the real performance experience by incorporating the ambiance characteristics that make the actual performance sound unique to the time and place.
It is hardly a surprise that quad fans often complain about how their classic recordings are changed when remastered for today's multichannel.
Some of them work really well, Kal. For example the Pentatone reissue of the Boston/Ozawa Faust (PTC5186 212). I think the engineers had high aims but lacked the technology to get the results to the end user.
D.B. Would be interested to know your MC setup and why it took you years to get it right.
Setup is in systems - as for why it took so long, I guess it was partly space - I moved house a few years back and have a decent sized room now - and partly expense in getting each channel up to standard. Worth it though. A side effect is that stereo too is now better and as you note, a lot of listening is in stereo anyway. A good CD is just that, good.
Have you gone for the Official setup of having 5 equal size speakers, which I find unnecessary especially if floorstanders. now see you have IMO a very complex setup .
For a budget that's not unlimited, you must necessarily make some qualitative trade offs with your component selection when using five sets of everything vs. two. And as already observed, the range of available recordings (that don't sound hokey) is also pretty much limited. I've grown very fond of not having to spin disks any more using my computer and renderer based setups.
I've heard a pretty good MC setup (Harry Pearson's "Super Maggies") and while it did some things very nicely, I always preferred listening to the "big" Room 3 two channel systems.
The space and cost for upgrading the main system to MC using the same gear would be prohibitive for me. I have MC capability with my HT using an Oppo player, but admittedly don't use it frequently in that manner.
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